The Texas Points System and Your Driving Record

Traffic tickets aren’t just annoying.  They have the potential to result in a huge financial cost to you unless you are able to amend the traffic ticket (most frequently a speeding ticket) to a violation that does not add points to your Texas driver’s license.  Most states have points systems that provide a way to collect taxes in the form of fines from individuals who have a certain number of points on their driver’s licenses.  In Texas, the accumulation of a certain amount of points on your driver’s license results in the assessment of surcharges and, can also cause your auto insurance premiums to increase.

Along with the accumulation of points comes an increase in your automobile insurance rates.  Being issued citations for speeding or other traffic violations gives notice to your insurance company that you are not as safe of a driver as you are without a speeding ticket on your record.  Therefore, it is in your best interest to do what you can to avoid being pulled over and being issued a speeding ticket (or other traffic violation) in the first place.

How Many Points Are Assessed for Each Traffic Ticket and How Long Do They Stay on My Record?

The amount of points a driver is assessed for a speeding or other traffic ticket conviction depends on the speed of the car, the appearance of unsafe driving and the speed limit where the act occurred.  Points are accumulated separately each time a driver is pulled over, issued a citation, and found guilty of the charge.  Under Chapter 708 of the Texas Transportation Code (called the “Driver Responsibility Program”), a points system assesses points to your driver’s license for traffic convictions as follows:

  • Conviction for moving violation (except speeding less than 10% faster than the posted speed limit in a location other than a school zone): 2 points
  • Conviction for an offense relating to child passenger safety systems: 2 points
  • Conviction for a moving violation resulting in an accident: 3 points

It just takes a few tickets to accumulate enough points to be assessed a surcharge.  Further, if you drive without a valid license, fail to have automobile insurance, or operate an automobile while the registration is suspended in the previous 36 months, you will be assessed surcharges between $100 and $250 each year.

If you accumulate more than 6 points on your driver’s license during a period of 36 months, you will be required to pay a surcharge of $100 for the first 6 points, and $25 for each additional point to the Texas Department of Public Safety.  Traffic tickets have gone from those annoying occurrences that happened once in a while to violations that result in not only fines, but points on your driver’s license, and an increase in your automobile insurance rates.

In order to prevent the expensive consequences of accumulating points on your driver’s license, you need a Dallas traffic ticket attorney to amend your ticket to a charge that does not result in the accumulation of points.  Only an experienced Dallas County traffic ticket attorney can help you avoid the costly aftermath that could even lead to the suspension of your driver’s license if you accumulate a substantial amount of points.  For these reasons it is extremely important to consult with a Dallas traffic ticket attorney immediately following any traffic ticket you have been issued.

Contact Dallas Traffic Ticket Attorney Jack Pettit Today

The consequences of accumulating points on your driver’s license from multiple traffic tickets can cost you money from fines to an increase in your insurance rates to the suspension of your driver’s license.  It is better to take care of a traffic ticket with the help of a Dallas County Traffic Offense Lawyer instead of just paying the fine.  Dallas Traffic Ticket Defense Attorney Jack Pettit has helped hundreds of clients avoid getting points on their driver’s license by amending a traffic ticket to a lower violation that will not stay on their record as a moving violation.  To schedule an appointment with Mr. Pettit, contact our office today by calling (214) 521-4567.  Our office conveniently offers bilingual services in both Spanish and English.  We also accept major credit cards.

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